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June 2018

Lynn Chadwick: Beasts, The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, Fri 11 May – Fri 31 August 

metal beast sculpture

The Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park is a must this summer! In addition to the fabulous Anthony Gormley Exhibition they’ve now  welcomed three striking sculptures by leading British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914–2003) to take up residence in its East End garden.

These three “Beasts” (Crouching Beast II, Lion I and Beast Alerted I) are monumental animals captured in various states of action, made of welded stainless-steel sheets.

Muddy tip – built in BBQ’s by the lake make the perfect place for a little informal get together with friends on a Sunday afternoon!




Pop Up Shop at Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, Thurs 7 – Tues 12 June (weekly)

gold letter brancaster bird

Bored of the usual shopping haunts?  Take a trip to the coast and pop into Dalegate Market for a relaxed mosey around some great independent shops and boutiques. Throughout the summer from Thursday to Tuesday, four new Pop Up Shops will be appearing in the beach huts behind the Cafe.


Talking of which, the lovely Deepdale Cafe was a finalist in our Muddy Awards 2018 Best Cafe category and well worth a visit especially for breakfast if you can get up early enough!


Full listings of all shops and Pop Up Shops can be found HERE


Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2018, Norfolk, Sat 26 May – Sun 10 June  

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios celebrates local artists and their achievements by offering them the opportunity to open their doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their work.


New for this year – an Art Trail taking people on a guided tour of the Open Studios. Many artists run special events and activities offering visitors the chance to get creative and have a go themselves!


Studios are FREE to visit and visitors don’t need to book in advance, unless you are a large group.


Funtastic Half Term at Holkham, Holkham Hall Estate, Mon 28 May – Fri 1 June 

boy girl boy in sunglasses

Head over to Holkham this May half term for a fun-tastic programme of crafts, challenges, bike rides, bouncy castles, zorbing, circus skills and outdoor activities!


There’s an interactive Field to Fork exhibition, a deer safari and pond dipping. Plus bring the bikes for the animal safari challenge and join Doc Spinoff and his wacky bikes!


In the walled garden  you’ll find face painting, craft galore, a bouncy castle and pirate obstacle course. Children’s entertainer Stevie Spud will be whipping up a frenzy with his crazy circus skills and magic shows!


For the older kids – critter croquet, giant Jenga, supersized Scrabble, hook-a-duck, a living word-search and football zorbing!


Book tickets – £7.50 – £44 (family ticket)


Sarah Kendell: One-Seventeen, The Norwich Playhouse, Fri 1 June  

women in black sat cross legged yellow background

One-Seventeen  is a show about a number and all the people contained inside it. It’s an eclectic mix of connected short stories: a family in crisis waiting to see Halley’s Comet, a hamster with organ failure, an astronaut re-entering the atmosphere.  Comedy and tragedy in equal measure, Sarah Kendell promises to be a burst out laughing and gasp in horror kind of a night.


Book tickets £15.00


FRYAY, The Birdcage, Norwich, Fri 1 June (5-8pm)


Get that fryay feeling with goujon and chips AND a minature bottle of prosecco, while the DJ spins the vinyl. Great start to the weekend!


Every Friday – £7.00 pp


Summer Sizzle, The Manor House, Itteringham, Sat 2 June The Summer Sizzle ingredients – Argentine BBQ, bar, live music, vintage and craft stalls – sounds like the perfect recipe for a great summers day out!Free

Peppa Pig’s Adventures, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Sat 2 – Sun 3 June   

peppa pig George tent camp fire

One for the grandparents – “go on you’ll love it mum”


The story line is a winner – Peppa goes on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure – what could possibly go wrong? Full of games, laughter and live music to keep the little ones amused for at least an hour – you hope!


Book tickets £10.50 – 20.50


Let’s Dance ’80s, The Open, Norwich, Sat 2 June  

black neon lets dance 80's sign

Puntastic – here we go ……. Do you love a bit of ‘Dancing in the Dark’? Are you ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ to get ‘Footloose’?


If the answer’s “Yes”, then you’re going to love ‘Let’s Dance ‘80s’, the Open’s brand new 80’s night, promising to be an unforgettable ‘Thriller’ of a night!


All YOU’VE got to do is ‘Walk This Way’ and say ‘Let’s Dance’.


Book tickets £9.00


The Lady in the Van, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sat 2 June 

lady in the van old lady in scarf twins in jumper blue diamond vest

Going to see local ‘Am Dram’ theatre might seem a little risqué for a Saturday night out.  However, pick a good play and you might just be pleasantly surprised!


Recently on the big screen with the fabulous Dame Maggie Smith, The St George Players are now bringing this classic to the stage at The Sheringham Little Theatre.  The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970’s.  Bennett allowed her to, temporarily, park her dilapidated Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home.  She stayed there for 15 years.


Buy tickets £10


Mildred’s Fabulous Maypole Fete, BeWILDerwood, Hoveton, Mon 28 May – Sun 3 June 

children stage bewilder wood

The school holidays are the best time to experience the full excitement and wonderfulness of our ‘Muddy Award’ winning family attraction – BeWILDerwood.  Always lots of extras to enjoy and this half term there will be swirling and twirling round the Maypole to help wake up the bugs for Spring.


Fun and frolics at the Grubbles Mini Games plus the usual den building, tree top adventure, zip wires, face painting and interactive story telling – what more could you want for a great family day out!
Book tickets £16.50


Jarrold’s Ladies Day at Fakenham Races, Fakenham, Sun 3 June 

blonde haired lady in big red hat

Hats and heels at the ready – the Jarrold’s Ladies Day at Fakenham races is always a prosecco fuelled fun day out!


Book tickets £8-£23


Live Music with Emma O’Reilly, The Rooftop Gardens, Norwich, Sun 3 June 

women in white lace top, black hat and yellow background

What a great way to round off the weekend – sitting on the rooftop terrace with something chilled and listening to live music from Irish singer/songwriter Emma O’Reilly.  If you like Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Regina Spektor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy Emma’s fusion of alternative rock, pop and folk!




20th Anniversary of Sex and the City Rooftop Party, Rooftop Gardens, Norwich, Wed 6 June

sex in the city cast

OMG – this is on my must list this month – an evening at the Rooftop Terrace watching Sex and the City while drinking cosmos and eating canapés! They’re even running a ‘Dress as your most Fabulous SATC Character’ competition!


So come on ladies, grab your stilettos and start channelling your inner Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte or Samantha – which one are you?


Book tickets £20


Yoga Thursdays, Blicking Hall, Thurs 7 June 

Yoga in the gardens of Blickling Hall – wow what a beautiful setting to relax and find your zen! Every Thursday throughout June at 9.15am or 10.30am choose between a beginners, Vinyasa Flow or yoga for core and conditioning.


Book session £10


The Script, Thetford Forest, Brandon, Thurs 7 June

Gigs in Thetford Forest normally start like this – a very relaxed affair people chilling on picnic blankets with a glass of wine enjoying the pretty magical setting.  The main act take to the stage, the sun starts to set and everyone is up dancing and feeling at one with the environment (or is the last one just me?).


Back for the fourth time to the forest,  I’m sure The Script will give an electric performance.


Book tickets £47.25


Great Yarmouth Arts Festival, Great Yarmouth, Fri 8 – Sun 17 Jun

superb circus sign bright colourful lights

This will be the sixth Great Yarmouth Arts Festival and this year they’re celebrating 250 years of the circus. I’m picturing ‘The Greatest Showman’ and therefore hope the line up of life-size elephants, visual art displays, circus acts, live music and street food will not disappoint.


There’s a whole programme of free and ticketed events, click here for more information.


The Vintage & Creators Summer Market, Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich Sat 9 June

Designer makers, unique vintage and retro sellers, BBQ and vintage lawn games.  A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and Muddy tip – pop over to the Georgian Townhouse for a glass of something chilled!




Nick Cope Family Concert, The Norwich Puppet Theatre, Sat 9 June 

It can sometimes be a little tiresome when the only time you get to the theatre is to see kiddie shows but this sounds like something that mums and dads might get a kick out of too. Nick Cope sings about head lice, dogs eating soap and my personal favourite – “the baby’s done a poo!!”

Book tickets £9.90

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Thetford Forest, Brandon, Sat 9 June 

Paul Heaton and Jacqui abbott

With special guest Billy Bragg, this sounds like a great night in the Forest.  I’m sure there’ll be a few throwbacks to The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, for those of us tipping 40!


Book tickets £37.35


Royal Opera House Live screening of Swan Lake, Cinema City, Norwich, Tues 12 June

swan lake ballet dancing

The Royal Opera House streamed direct to Cinema City – I love a bit of London Culture on my  doorstep.  Just in case you don’t know the story – Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.


This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.


Book tickets £17.50 – £22 (members only)


Grumpy Old Women: To The Rescue, Norwich Playhouse, Fri 15 June 

three women in super hero costumes

Not so much the ‘old’ but certainly the grumpy, I’m looking forward to seeing this new comedy from the mistresses of grump aka Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane & Lizzie Roper.   


Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge (anyone else furiously nodding), the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge- making.


But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue?!

Super Women Unite!

Book tickets £25


Silent Disco, Norwich Arts Centre, Fri 15 June silent disco headphones

And why not, sounds like a great opportunity to dance like nobody’s watching!


Book tickets £6 – £9


Family Silent Disco, Norwich Arts Centre, Sat 16 June 

family silent disco

Mixing up Disney, Pop and Indie favourites, get your glitter on and show the kids your ‘big box – little box’ dance moves.


Book tickets £4 – £7.50
The ArtyCocktail, The Old Boathouse Cafe, Old Hunstanton, Sat 16 June 
Let your creativity run wild at this fab new evening being held at our Muddy Award 2018 Best Cafe. Artist Jacky Hutson will help you find your inner artist while sipping on a cocktail or two!
Book tickets £20 (BYO) or 07817 535809
The Norwich Art Car Boot, Redwell Brewery, Norwich, Sun 17 June 
Norwich Art Car Boot
Combining the best of Norwich Art, Beer, Food and Music – what’s not to love??

I’ve been to the Norwich Art Car Boot for the past couple of years and it’s a great opportunity to bag some local indie art, catch up with friends and sample some yummy street food – uber cool Father’s Day outing!


Entry Free but this is a not for profit guys – so donations welcome.


Dad’s Den Building Competiton, Fairhaven Woodland & Watergardens, Sun 17 June

Who can build the best den? Capitalising on the whole ‘dad competitiveness’ – great idea Fairhaven!


Sounds like a great bonding afternoon for dads and their kids, I’m off to the spa!


Book tickets £3.95 – £6.95 (members free)


Brian Clarke: The Art Of Life, The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, Sun 17 June – Sun 14 Oct 

stained glass screen

Other than admiring them in a church stained glass is probably not something I’ve given much thought to.  However, when you see the images and learn that Brian Clarke’s stained glass screens are considered to represent the most significant artistic and technical breakthrough in the history of this thousand year old medium, it suddenly becomes a must see this summer.
Another great coup by the Sainsbury Centre!

Book tickets – price TBC


White House Farm Farmers Market, Rackheath, Norwich, Mon 18 June 

Winners of our Muddy Awards ‘Best Farm Shop/Deli’ award it would be criminal not to include them in our June What’s On!


We love a farmer’s market and the opportunity to sample lots of local tasty morsels.  Plus White House Farm has expanded and is now home to a little boutique village with clothing, gift shops and hair and beauty salons.  Throw in fruit picking and host to school holiday outdoor activity club GroWild – it’s well worth a visit!


Every Women Vintage Show, St Giles House Hotel, Norwich, Thurs 21 June

vintage skirts shoes handbags  

The Art Deco interior of the St Giles Hotel is the perfect choice for this event, showcasing the very best vintage that Norwich has to offer. The queen of vintage herself the ‘Fabulous Miss K’ is on a mission to show that vintage is for EVERYONE what ever your shape, size and age!


Summer collections will hit the runway from Stylist and Collector, The Vintage Shed, Retreat Vintage, Crafty Stichers Elite, Go Go Vintage and Nansa Charity Shops. A fabulous finale featuring vintage and vintage inspired wedding dresses from The Frock Spot.


After the show you will be able “Shop the Runway” in the Pop Up Vintage Boutique.


Book tickets £12


Midsummer Night’s Dream, North Lodge Park, Cromer, Fri 22 June 

The old croquet lawn outside North Lodge will play host to production company ‘Stuff of Dreams’ unique version of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedyA Midsummer Night’s Dream.


In keeping with the surprise elements of the play, weather permitting some scenes will take place around the park for some ‘theatre en promenade’ which sounds like fun!


Book tickets £5 in advance or £8 on the day.


Wymondham Music Festival, Wymondham, Fri 22 June – Sun 1 July 

Wymondham music festival

Lots of great local talent on display over this 10 day music festival including Town Busking Day on Sun 23 June and a Jazz Picnic with DixieMix on Mon 25 Jun. Plus new to the programme this year – ‘Sounds of Summer’, a free open-air event at Becketswell on Sat 30 June with The Voice 2016 finalist Victoria Louise.


Classical and jazz concerts at Wymondham Abbey, talks, recitals, gigs and more – definitely worth looking at the programme and seeing if anything floats your boat.


Book tickets £4 – £15


Midsummer Gin Fest, Kings Head, Letheringsett, Sat 23 June

copper house gin norfolk gin gin glasses lemon pub table

Norfolk Gins, Cocktails, BBQ and Live Music – sounds like a perfect mixer to me!


Whitney: Queen of the Night, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Sat 23 June 
Whitney Houston I saw this last year in Norwich and it’s pure 80’s nostalgia. 

I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I will Always Love You – so many great classics, you can’t help but get up and dance!


Book tickets £23.50 – £24.50


Journey to the Centre of the Earth & The Woodfordes Go Go Hare (ratio) Launch Party! , Woodforde’s Brewery, Woodbastwick, Sun 24 June

purple sign journey to the centre of the earth

It’s going to be a fun mini festival type of a day down at The Woodforde’s Brewery/The Fur & Feathers Inn. It’s the launch of the Go Go Hare trail across the county and Woodfordes will be unveiling ‘Hareatio’ designed by local artists Phil Daniels. The day starts with fizz and canapes (like all days should),  post a selfie with ‘Hareatio’ and be in with a chance to win lunch at the pub or a brewery tour (Father’s Day sorted). Top it all off with BBQ and booze and we have the recipe for a lovely afternoon.

Settle down after lunch for Strange Fascination Theatre and their ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. A family friendly show featuring intrepid explorers on the expedition of a life time based on the Jules Verne classic. The show promises to be full of excitement, puppets, fiction and fantasy that will entertain the whole family. Bring your chairs and blankets and prepare for a fun filled day come rain or shine.

Book tickets £7 – £12 Call 01603 720353/720003


Lionel Richie, Holkham Hall, Sun 24 June Lionel richie“Hello, is it me you’re looking for?”From one 80’s sensation to another – the one and only Lionel Richie!As part of his summer tour visiting iconic venues across the country, Lionel will be performing hits from his extensive and much loved repertoire spanning decades.  I’m not sure you’ll be ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ at Holkham Hall but do expect to party ‘All Night Long’!Book tickets from £75

The Go Go Hare Trail, Norfolk, Sun 24 June – Sun 8 Sept 

go go hare trail

They’re back and this year Break has chosen hares to celebrate 50 years of the Norfolk children’s charity.


On the 24th June – 50 hares will be placed in Norwich and a further 18 will be located around Norfolk to form the Go Go Hare city and county trails.


Trail maps are available from the tourist information office in The Forum and various tourist spots around the county. You can also download it from the Go Go Hare website.  New this year, an App which might even keep the older ones engaged  (the App costs £1.99 and Break will receive £1 from the sale).


Personally, this year I will be adopting the tortoise approach and eke out as many days entertainment as possible!


Chris Ramsey: (The Just Happy To Get Out Of The House Tour), Norwich Playhouse, Sun 24 June 

Chris Ramsey

Anyone who puts Katie Hopkins in her place is a friend of ours!


Comedian Chris Ramsey brings his BRAND NEW 2018 live tour to our Muddy Award winning Best Theatre/Arts venue – The Norwich Playhouse.  Sounds like life as a new daddy will be the fodder for his gags, which is fine by me as I’m always happy to laugh at new parents in that smug “thank God I don’t have to go through that again.”


Book tickets £20


Shrek – The Musical, Norwich Theatre Royal, Tues 26 June – Sun 8 July 

Shrek the musical

I’ve been looking forward to this for months and can only imagine how wonderfully vibrant and  extravagant this musical will be!


It’s unlikely that The Shrek franchise has passed you by, but a quick storyline synopsis if it has – Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance!


Book tickets £25 – £40.50


Champagne Dinner, Bishops Restaurant, Norwich, Thurs 28 June 

Eat your way around the world, sounds soooo culturally indulgent!


Every Thursday, Bishops are designing a menu consisting of specially selected courses from a host country. This Thursday must be French and you’ll be treated to four courses and six different Champagnes. Muddy Award finalist – Jerome from Bijou Bottles will be in the restaurant to share his knowledge about the each wine as it is served.


Book  £110


The Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich, Wed 27 – Thurs 28 June 

royal norfolk show cows parachutes hats

It’s the UK’s largest two-day country show and THE perfect opportunity to get glammed up, wedges not stilettos ladies, but be bold and wear a hat!


Traditionally an agricultural show with all manner of animal and farming paraphenalia. But more importantly a wonderful day of drinking, eating and hob nobbing with the great and good of the county.


Ps. A certain someone might just be sitting on the judging panel for Best Dressed Lady!


Book tickets £5 – £47 (various concessions and family tickets available)


Pretty Women Open Air Cinema, Holkham Hall Estate, Fri 29 June

outdoor cinema night audience pretty women

The Luna Cinema will once again transform the beautiful grounds of the walled garden at Holkham Hall  for classic cinema under the stars!


Bring your blankets and chairs and sit back and relax with a Muddy favourite – Pretty Woman!


Book tickets £14.50

Bouillabaisse & Seafood BBQ, The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Sat 30 June

lobster lemon wedge garnish

Another one for the foodies – sorry couldn’t resist slipping this one in! Relax on the bank at the White Horse and while away a lazy Saturday enjoying local seafood on the barbie and drinks from the ‘Ruby pop up’ bar.

Pizza & Prosecco Festival, The Open, Norwich, Sat 30 June

pizza prosecco

The ultimate food pair party – get your slice of fun while you sip on bubbles to a singalong sound track that’s cheesier than your pizza topping.


Tickets include a free Aperol Spritz, a prosecco bible and a slice of rustic pizza.  If only we could go in our pyjamas too!!


Two sessions – 1 – 5pm and 6 -10pm


Book tickets £15.99

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